Affleck nabs role in ‘Armageddon’

Making the move from Sundance stand-out to event-pic action hero, Ben Affleck — who most recently co-starred in Kevin Smith’s “Chasing Amy” — is set to star with Bruce Willis in Michael Bay’s disaster pic “Armageddon” for Bruckheimer Prods.

Those close to the project say Affleck’s role in the pic is structured along the lines of Will Smith’s fighter pilot in “Independence Day,” with the young thesp helping to save the world from pending doom. In the Jonathan Hensleigh-scripted film, Affleck takes on the role of an oil rigger who teams with Willis’ character in a race to destroy a meteor on a collision course with Earth.

“Armageddon” is slated for release from Touchstone in summer 1998.

Affleck followed his heralded turn in “Chasing Amy” with a role in Gramercy’s September release “Going All the Way,” co-starring Jeremy Davies. Pic is directed by Mark Pellington.

Both “Chasing Amy” and “Going All the Way” debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

He and actor Matt Damon recently completed filming the Gus van Zant-helmed “Good Will Hunting,” which the duo wrote together and sold to Castle Rock in 1994. Robin Williams and Minnie Driver also star in the drama tale, to be released by Miramax in December.

Affleck’s other credits include Miramax’s upcoming “Phantoms,” “Dazed and Confused” and “School Ties.”

He is repped by CAA’s Patrick Whitesell and Michael Davis.

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